In California and every state in the country, there are time limits for filing lawsuits and other civil actions known as “statutes of limitations.” The statute of limitations laws are designed to create general practicability and fairness when filing lawsuits—since it is never fair to hang an unfinished legal matter over a person indefinitely. Hence, these laws attempt to create a distinct end to each legal conflict, so the parties involved may move on with their livelihood.
Based on the type of case or procedure, California’s statutes of limitations can range from one year to a decade. The time starts on the date of the injury or action.
The following is an overview of the civil statutes of limitations in California:
- Personal Injury – Two years from the date of the injury
- Legal Malpractice – One year from discovery or four years from the action
- Medical Malpractice – One year from discovery or three years if the injury is known
- Veterinarian Malpractice – One year from the injury or death of animal
- Fraud – Three years from the date of the action
- Property Damage – Three years from the date of the action
- Trespass – Three years from the date of the action
- Contracts – Four years for written contracts and two years for oral contracts
- Libel/Slander – One year from the date of the action
- Collection of Rents – Four years from the date of the action
- Judgements – 10 years from the date of the action
If you are dealing with a personal injury matter, it is critical to seek legal assistance from a personal injury attorney. At Eliot Reiner APLC our legal advocate is a former insurance defense lawyer, equipped with the insights to ensure you win the compensation to which you are truly entitled. Our relentless, dedicated approach has secured millions of dollars for our clients.